Events such as the Grenfell fire reveal the best of us. But if we truly have 'More in Common', we must fight inequality before such tragedies take placeby Emma Burnell / June 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
This weekend, people up and down the country will be coming together to remember Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was shot and killed by a man in the name of his extreme right wing beliefs. At The Great Get Together, friends and neighbours of all politics will come together in Jo’s name to celebrate what we have in common.
Jo was killed at a difficult time for our country. We were at the height of an extremely divisive referendum that split the country almost exactly in half. Families fell out, neighbours fought, friends stopped speaking. Since that time, particularly on the left, it has felt like this mode has been constant, with the Labour leadership contest that followed the referendum creating further splits, even between people who had campaigned side by side to remain in the EU. The recent election that followed a year later has helped bring Labour Party back together—but equally demonstrated that we remain a very divided country.
This is perhaps not surprising. We live in turbulent times and we have felt increasingly under threat. World politics have rarely been so unstable, stuck as we are with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin playing out their macho insecurities on the world stage; the three-dimensional chess game taking countless lives in Syria and other Isis-controlled parts of the Middle East, and the ensuing refugee crisis creating political havoc across Europe. Marine Le Pen may have been soundly beaten in France this time, but the fact that she made the run off at all should frighten us all.